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Dodge Hornet R/T PHEV Is A Sneaky Stinger

When the Stellantis US European auto brand conglomerate announced a new small crossover SUV named the Hornet, car wags had a field day recalling the oddly out of step swagger of the AMC Hornet of 1970 thru ’77.

On the other hand people are talking about the Dodge Hornet, as a new face in this crowded hot-selling segment. Unfortunately some of the discussion is miffed Italian cousins who see the Dodge Hornet as a knockoff of the Alfa Romeo Tonale, that undercuts their Euro premium pricing.

That aside the Hot Tamale Red test model of the Dodge Hornet R/T Plus Track Pack & Blacktop E-AWD is quite a piece of automotive alchemy with a 1.3 liter i-4 Turbo PHEV engine topping 288 horsepower and literally torqued up to 383 lb ft of off-the-line scrambling power.

This Hornet priced from $41,000 to $54,000 offers a fresh slicked up exterior, sporty down to the functional hood vents. Inside sharp design and bristling tech swarm the senses, with premium touches like black Alcantera upholstery with red accents and contrasting color stitched soft trim.

And 6-footers will welcome expansive head and legroom.